Aurora Cannabis begins work on world's largest marijuana greenhouse in Alberta

Aurora Cannabis says it has started construction on a production facility in Leduc County that will be the size of 16 football fields when completed.

The 800,000-square-foot greenhouse, known as Aurora Sky, will be the largest of its kind, capable of producing 100,000 kilograms of cannabis annually, the Vancouver-based company said in a statement Wednesday. 

Construction is expected to be completed by October 2017, it said. The licensed medical marijuana producer already operates a 55,000-square-foot cannabis production plant near Cremona that could also be expanding.

“Our objectives are very clear: to build the largest production capacity, with the highest production quality and the lowest production cost,” company president Steve Dobler said in a statement. “We spent the past year evaluating and selecting the world’s best design concept for cannabis production on a massive scale.”

Aurora also said it plans to increase production at its Cremona plant after months of talks with Mountain View County. That...

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